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Radiologists Face Health Reform Uncertainty
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

After he examined chest x-rays the other day, radiologist Bibb Allen, MD, mused about what he considers the positives and negatives of healthcare reform. The positive: more patients. Reform will result in insurance coverage of 32 million more people. But the other side to healthcare reform has left radiologists like Allen extremely disappointed, and forecasting, in his words, "difficult and tedious times ahead." Whether they are singled out or not, as radiologists review the 2,000-plus pages of the healthcare reform legislation, they get more and more uneasy, and I can see why. [Read More]
  April 8, 2010

 
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10 Issues New CMS Administrator Will Face
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the agency many providers love to hate. CMS—an $800 billion bureaucracy with nearly 5,000 employees—is also the biggest payer of healthcare bills in the U.S. and arguably the most influential in health reform. President Obama is reportedly on the verge of officially naming Don Berwick, MD, a highly regarded idealist in quality and efficiency, to lead the agency. Whoever agrees to take the CMS administrator's desk will have to be a kind of dragon slayer from the start by confronting a host of issues and obstacles by overcoming long-held customs and practices. [Read More]
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For the first time since leaving medical school, many doctors are having to take tests to renew board certification in their fields. Doctors used to do this once and be certified for life, but that changed in the 1990s. Doctors certified since then must retest every six to 10 years to prove their skills haven't gone stale. For some specialists, this is the first year many are going through retesting. [Read More]
New Report Criticizes Medical Boards for Not Disciplining More Docs
Minnesota is the worst state in the nation for disciplining doctors, according to Public Citizen's seventh annual ranking of state medical boards. The report, released this week, also found that serious disciplinary actions against doctors across the nation rose slightly in 2009, but are still about 18% lower than they were at their peak five years ago. Sidney Wolfe, MD, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, said that had the national rate of doctor discipline remained at that peak, there would have been 653 additional serious disciplinary actions against physicians in 2009. [Read More]
Business Rx
Rightsizing Your Staff
Adequate staffing is one of the more complicated and important issues in healthcare. It's a nettlesome problem that every practice manager will face at one or more points in his or her career. But how many staff members do you need to maximize productivity and quality while containing costs? [Read More]
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California Docs Must Now Tell Patients Where to Complain About Their Care
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